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Given To The Wild [CD]

The Maccabees Audio CD
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The Maccabees third album ‘Given To The Wild’ is the culmination of two years of writing and recording. Having followed ‘Wall of Arms’ – 2009’s critically-lauded second release – with main stage slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and two sell-out shows at Brixton Academy, the London five piece (singer Orlando Weeks, bassist Rupert Jarvis, ... Read more in Amazon's The Maccabees Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B005SCWL6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Given to the Wild (Intro)
2. Child
3. Feel to Follow
4. Ayla
5. Glimmer
6. Forever I've Known
7. Heave
8. Pelican
9. Went Away
10. Go
11. Unknow
12. Slowly One
13. Grew Up At Midnight

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Third studio album by the British indie rock group. The follow-up to 2009's 'Wall of Arms', the album has been very well received by critics and features the single 'Pelican'.

BBC Review

Once upon a time in prelapsarian 2003 – just before high-speed internet services made one-click clever-clogs out of today’s generation of musicians – The Maccabees started life as all good schoolboy bands should. Cutting their teeth with songs titled after picnics and wave machines, the youngsters rattled off plucky, heartfelt pastiches of big brother-type peers like The Libertines and Bloc Party, amassing a small army of fans and eventually striking a record deal with Fiction.

Following 2007 debut Colour It In with the ambitious Wall of Arms two years after that, the band displayed an emergent focus that – while still at times still in thrall to their idols – justified the early acclaim, and pulled them clear of the wreckage as the noughties guitar boom collapsed around their ears. Now they’re back with a third record trailed by the kind of hype usually reserved for zeitgeisty Channel 4 dramas, and even the band themselves – never exactly the gobbiest of guitar-slingers – have been keen to talk up its importance, admitting it’s the first time they’ve sounded completely themselves on record.

It’s a fair point, as well, since one listen to Given to the Wild will tell you this is not a wind worth relieving yourself into. Easing themselves back into the fray with Child (via a two-minute instrumental intro), this once most jittery of propositions succeeds in scaling electric peaks by almost imperceptible degrees, like an eagle soaring on thermals. Feel to Follow is an even more striking departure from the band’s post punk-ish roots – and maybe the best thing on here – with frontman Orlando Weeks airing his newly laidback vocal style, the track meandering in stream-like fashion before tilting into a gorgeous, waterfall chorus.

It sets a useful template for much of what follows: a slew of potentially overbearing indie-kid epics offset beautifully by discreet vocals, percussion and lilting arrangements at every turn (Given to the Wild is co-produced by ex-DFA man Tim Goldsworthy and Bruno Ellingham, though the band takes some of the credit for its measured feel). That quality is evident pretty much throughout, but picks of the bunch are Forever I’ve Known – all moody bass figures segueing into a hurricane-force crescendo – and closer Grew Up At Midnight, whose similarly huge finale seems to have the smell of main-stage fireworks in its nostrils.

Whether Given to the Wild provides the hoped-for kick up the festival billings this summer remains to be seen – at times the obsessive shading masks a lack of melodic punch – but its makers are right to be proud of it. If only all bands had the guts and honesty of The Maccabees, maybe they’d get round to making third records as good as this.

--Alex Denney

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! 30 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
This really is a fantastic album, probably just topping Wall of Arms. It's not an immediate album, but man does it get better with every listen. I've been playing it daily since it was first released and I'm still not bored of it. It really is an album of real depth. Don't listen to the negative reviews, just go out and buy it, I'm already confident this will be one of my top 3 albums of 2012.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've done themselves proud! 2 Sep 2012
By Booksie
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful evolution from Colour It In, their 'sound' has emerged as something vocally mature, emotionally raw and sophisticated.

First time I heard it, one had to pause what she was doing - it's just arresting. There are no wasteful album 'fillers', just simply superior pieces of music. They've put an awful lot into the album, you can hear it, nor do you have to listen particularly hard.

I couldn't pick one track to dismiss. I could pick them all to recommend. And I do.

Some oldies may dislike the band's evolution but let's be blunt, people change. With luck, you've changed too. So you can, too, appreciate their beautiful growth.

I was a good fan, nothing special, now, I'm a smitten fan, desperate to see them live, with the proviso their music develops as creatively as it's doing.

Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music to listen to in the car or home! 19 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've never bought a Maccabees CD before, but I'm very glad I did, I am now a big big fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album! 28 July 2012
By C22man
Format:Audio CD
The Maccabees third outing 'Given To The Wild' is an excellent album, certainly one of the years best. It's a very atmospheric piece and it immediately made me think of Foals (another great band). Like Foals album 'Total Life Forever' it has a drifting, eerie rock vibe with distant guitars and spider like synths, and yet it can be jaunty and groovey with hypnotic basslines and quick paced drumming. Orlando Weeks' vocals are top notch too, some how sounding light and fragile yet powerful at the same time.

The title track and 'Child' start things off in a sombre fashion, drifting along in a darkly beautiful way before kicking in to life in the latter track. The singles 'Feel To Follow' and 'Pelican' are both effortessly catchy and bursting with life. 'Ayla' and 'Went Away' continue this vibe. The former a wonderful, piano led track that keeps its pounding beat, while the latter leaps along on its upbeat guitars and dancey beat. There are a number of darker tracks including the standout 'Unknow' and 'Heave', as well as the brilliant 'Forever I've Known'. There is no filler to be found, its a true album with the same vibe carried on throughout.

Definately one of the years best albums!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macfabulous 24 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
More produced than previous albumns so a bigger, more lush sound. Gets into your head and doesn't leave, cheers you up on the tube.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness 21 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Album of the year so far. Never heard these guys play before but hell, they blew my mind especially after a couple of listens. From beginning to end, make sure you play at full volume!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! 17 April 2012
By Alimack
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my first encounter with the Macabees, apart from Toothpaste kisses, and I love it.
Every single track is individual, I've been listening to it constantly for weeks and I'm still not tired of it.
Only wish I had managed to catch their live tour, but was just a couple of days late, so missed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Summer Tunage 3 April 2012
By Mennis
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not a huge Maccabees fan, their previous albums are decent and they have produced a few good singles in the past. Given To The Wild is something new, not only is their sound more complete but the album is much more solid than its predecessors.

As soon as I heard Pelican I loved it, I thought exactly the same when I heard Love Me Better. That time it prompted me to buy an album that was alright, this time I have bought an album I really rate.

The whole thing flows brilliantly and you cant help but listen to it from start to finish, it doesn't sound right any other way. As an Indie rock fan its another great example of a renaissance in my favourite genre of music. It works on lots of levels, quietly on in the background, loud when you want everyone to hear or when you're in the mood to appreciate a damn good record. Either way it's a must buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Never gets tired
Wow, what an album. This band is criminally overlooked outside the UK, but that's no excuse to pass them by. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. J. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best CD of 2012
I've been a fan of the Macccabees for a while and in my opinion this is their best album to date. It's sophisticated, carefully crafted and sublime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sunshine433
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful album, folky/indie style.... Perfect for chilling in the summer sun with a cocktail! Favourite is 'Feel to Follow' and 'child'. Definitely a good easy going vibe album!
Published 8 months ago by Milly
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
this is the first maccabees release i have owned, and on the strength of it, i'll be buying their previous 2 efforts aswell. Read more
Published 8 months ago by euge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album!!
Wonderful album, particularly after seeing them at Alexandra Palace. Beautifully written, bewildering harmonies from a group at the top of their game.
Published 12 months ago by G Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
There isn't anything I dislike about this purchase. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this style of music. Fantastic
Published 13 months ago by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars its a gem of an album
i bought this album after seeing them live in my home town where they played nearly every track off the album, and although they are better live than on the record, the album is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by BIKEBOARDER
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland
I bought this because of so many high scoring reviews and a mercury award nomination.
Perhaps I got a different album to the other reviewers but I'm not a fan of this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by astockwelluk
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Best album I have downloaded in a while, only recently discovered this group and I am very impressed great sound brilliant vocalist.
Published 15 months ago by Millwall
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new fan.
Excellent album. I loved every track...I'm not even a 'rock' fan. Beautifully arranged, expertly mastered. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stanley Crooks
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